The Equipment Management and Tracking Option (EMT) is an extra licensed module that can be purchased additionally to the farmerswife software. It is accessible on the Desktop WIFE Client (v5.1 or later) and via the iOS device (v5.0.31 or later iOS6 or later).
EMT allows checking in and out Objects in farmerswife through the Dispatch Module or iOS in various ways: Allows tracking the equipment location, Status (In, Out, On Maintenance) and "movement". It also gives support for consumables (Virtual Objects). Using a barcode reader replaces the need to manually type long numbers by reading the code (the lines) and transferring them to farmerswife.
Access the Dispatch module and check in and out equipment via:
- The keyboard on a computer.
- A barcode reader connected to the desktop version of farmerswife.
- The iOS’ camera.
- An iOS device connected to the iPhone or iPad (v5.0.31 or later iOS6 or later) that can be separately purchased:
- iScan – Wi-Fi barcode scanner (http://www.mobilogics).
- aScan – Bluetooth barcode scanner (http://www.mobilogics.com.tw/ascan.html).
Configuration of Email and PDF Printer
Please enable Allow Mail and the PDF Printer Settings in the Server Setup > General tab.
Please refer to the following documentation in our Knowledge base:
Barcode Reader settings
This information is taken from our Media Library Barcode and Labels Article and helps setting up the barcode scanner for the farmerswife client application.
Download Free Barcode Font
First download the free 3 of 9 barcode font by copying the link below into your web browser: http://www.squaregear.net/fonts/free3of9.shtml
At the bottom of the window click on ‘Download Free 3 of 9’ and save the zip file on your desktop.
* From the author Matthew Welch: ‘3 of 9 (sometimes called "code 39") [is] a widely used barcode standard that includes capital letters, numbers, and several symbols. […] Most kinds of barcode scanners will recognise 3 of 9 just fine. […]Two versions of 3 of 9 are included. The font called "Free 3 of 9" is the basic 3 of 9 standard. It includes letters and these symbols: $ % + - . and /. The font called "Free 3 of 9 Extended" covers the extended 3 of 9 standard. It includes all the ASCII characters.’
If you are running on Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard) you will need to install the extended version 3 of 9 standard.
Install Free Barcode Font
To use Barcodes in farmerswife please follow the steps below on every computer with a farmerswife Client installation that has a barcode reader connected or which will be used as a label generator.
- On Windows
Unpack the zip folder onto your desktop then copy and paste the files into the ‘ Font’ folder which is usually accessible from the Start Menu -> Settings -> Control Panel-> Fonts.
- On Mac OS X
Unpack the zip file onto your desktop. Then go to the Finder-> Services-> Font Book. In the Font Book click on the plus sign at the bottom of the ‘Font’ column. Select the fonts from the ‘3 of 9’ folder you previously downloaded and unzipped to your desktop.
To select the installed barcode font click on the selector bar below ‘Barcode Font:’ and select the ‘Free 3 of 9’ font from the drop down list. Click ‘OK’ to finish the operation. You’ve successfully installed the barcode font.
Barcode Reader / Scanner
By default, most barcode readers enter automatically a CR ("Carriage Return") suffix after each correct read. Therefore when looking for a barcode scanner it's important that the reader can be set to NOT send the CR after each swipe, since farmerswife just expects numbers/characters. You have to confirm the input by manually pressing intro or return. At our farmerswife test installation we use the Metrologic MS9520 Voyager KB wedge; this is just one of many barcode scanners. It works for us, and many of our customers. Other Barcode Readers in use by our customer base:
- CCD-800 Barcode-Scanner USB, ASIN: B001BH955C
- Metrologic MK 9520 Voyager Barcode Scanner
- USB Handscanner MK-1000 Barcode-Scanner, model number: MK-1000, ASIN: B00346EF8A
You can also read the article barcode scanners to use with farmerswife for more information.
Barcode Reader Check Up
After the installation of the barcode font please follow the steps below to test the connection of the barcode reader and check if the font is properly installed in your system.
First check that a barcode reader is correctly connected to the machine you want to work with. Check also that you have the correct drivers (if any) and that it lights up for the operation.
To perform the test please print this page first, then open a blank text file (Wordpad, MS word,
notepad, text editor) and test if you are able to read the following barcodes. Scan the codes
and check if the numbers that appear in the text file match the numbers displayed next to the
If you are not able to read the codes please check the configuration manual of your barcode reader, and check thoroughly that it was properly set up and the use of the CR suffix is disabled. Check also with the manufacturer of the barcode reader if there is no seemingly known reason for non-operation of the hardware.
After you have disabled the use of the CR suffix of the barcode reader, please test that the barcode reader is setup correctly. Perform the test above again and after a few scans you should see a continuous string of characters, e.g. 1351234554321974324
If the test was successful, open a farmerswife and make sure that you are able to enter a code successfully, as described above. Simply click in a field in farmerswife where you want the result of the barcode to show and then swipe the barcode.